Mike Hampton LHP (15-10,3.14 ERA) Uses fastball, cutter, straight change. Only as good as his cutter. Lives off sinking, 88-mph two-seam fastball. Has struggled but is capable of coming up big. If he doesn't get his cutter in and doesn't get ahead in the count, he's in trouble.
Al Leiter LHP (16-8 ,3.20 ERA) A flat-out horse, has become superb big-game pitcher. Runs fastball up and in. Excellent cutter. Throws it with smaller break and with bigger break. Has decent change that allows him to use both sides of the plate.
Rick Reed RHP (11-5, 4.11 ERA) Throws strikes, uses both sides of the plate. Good sinker and slider. Comes right at you. Not afraid to throw the slider or come inside with fastball when he's behind in the count. Uses decent change as fourth pitch.
Bobby Jones RHP (11-6, 5.06 ERA) Command, control guy. Hitters seeing him for first time can easily be messed up. Could pitch a great game (ask the Giants) or be gone in the first inning.
With history of giving up big hits, RHP Armando Benitez can be iffy late in a game. It's odd to see guys get good swings off such a hard thrower. I don't know whether he gets tight or what, but I'd use LHP John Franco before Benitez in a tight spot. Franco has been rejuvenated in his setup role. Works one inning or one batter. Pitches with guts and guile. Uses both sides of plate and relies mostly on changeup that acts like a screwball. RHP Turk Wendell has fallen in love with his slider, and hitters have adjusted to it. Hasn't used his fastball enough. RHP Rick White has a fastball, a curve and a splitter, with good velocity on fastball. I wouldn't ask him to give me more than an inning, LHP Dennis Cook has good curve and two-seam fastball. Mostly a one-batter situational guy. LHP Glendon Rusch gives them another lefty.
HOW TO BEAT THEM
The Mets are resilient. You figure they just can't keep up the magic, but if you let them get ahead, their confidence seems to grow and you're not going to beat them. They have lots of guys who seem to rise to the occasion. There's something about this team. My pick to win the World Series.